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America
America
by Allen Ginsberg

Tough-O-Meter

We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

(4) Base Camp

Ginsberg made a point to write accessible lines that followed the patterns of spoken speech. You won't find a lot of elaborate constructions in this poem, but then again you won't find much punctuation either. It can be a bit tricky sorting out all the run-ons, but the major challenge of this poem is looking up all the historical references that would have been at the front of a reader's mind in the 1950s, but maybe not so much today.

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